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and final days. george michael's partner speaking out for the first time about the singer's complicated life before his sudden death on christmas day. but we start with that war of words between president obama and president-elect donald trump. in an interview with his former senior advisor, david axelrod, president obama said he could have beaten donald trump if he were allowed to run a third term. >> what i would argue is that the culture actually did shift. that the majority does buy into the notion of a one america that is tolerant and diverse and open and i am confident in this vision because i'm confident that if i -- if i had run again
and articulated it, i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> let's get the latest from west palm beach. hallie jackson remaining on duty for us. covering the president-elect near his mar-a-lago retreat and we knew that president-elect trump wouldn't be able to let this one slide. >> reporter: no, come on, craig. he's on holiday, sure, doing kind of a working vacation down here in south florida, as all presidents and president-elects do during vacation, of course, but he's certainly not silent, getting on to twitter and let's pull up the tweet here basically saying the president thinks he could have won over here. no y, all caps. donald tru citing jobs leaving, isis, the health care law, this hypothetical scenario. unconstitutional scenario, frankly, would have put donald trump over the edge.
>> the president-elect also had to say more about the united nations after the resolution aimed at israel on friday. what's he saying about that? >> reporter: yeah, listen. he's taking aim, in regard to president obama on the podcast but also this international institution, essentially, saying that the ewe nunited nations isg club for people to get together, have a discussion, and have a good time, adding, so sad, with an explanation point. you see high profile republicans call for the united nations to be defunded from the u.s. you saw mike huckabee today echoing that, a long time loyalist and somebody who's been in donald trump's corner from the beginning, but clearly, this is something that has gotten through to donald trump, something he feels like he needs to be weighing in on during his holida break here.
>> also, hallie, a bit of news this morning on a new appointment from the transition team. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: that's exactly right. expected to be a fairly quiet day here in mar-a-lago but doesn't mean we hear about transition appointments including thomas bossert. we h for homeland and terrorism. president-elect is not set to resume until tomorrow here bu bossert is somebody who might be familiar to people in counterterrorism and intelligence circles. he served as a deputy national security advisor under president george w. bush and also, he had a role sort of developing u.s. cyber security as well and now joining donald trump's team as part of that administration. >> this is not an appointment that requires congressional approval, right? >> reporter: yep, at the discretion of the president.
>> any other appointments expected? >> reporter: that's a good question. you know, it's one of those thing where is the president if, i'm told by a transition official feels in no rush to build out those administrative positions that are vacant. v.a. still vacant, agriculture still vacant. these key counterterrorism positions, the director of national intelligence, a key role there is yet to be filled. i don't know that we'll see it necessarily before the new year, craig, but certainly after next week, i think you'll see more activity and don't forget, he still has to name a supreme court nominee, he and his team are thinking about. >> that's right. west palm beach, florida, hallie jackson for us covering the president-elect on vacation. thank you. joined now by republican strategist evan siegfried and steve mcmahon. thanks to both of you for being with me here on a tuesday morning. let's start with you. president obama saying he's going to stay silent for a
while, but may have more to say in a year or so. do you think he'll be able to stay quiet for that long? especially if he is going to be as close to the white house geographically as he said he may be in terms of keeping that office there at foggy bottom? >> i think it will be difficult given the things donald trump does every day but i think that president obama was deep lly grateful to george w. bush when he left the white house for former president bush's willingness to stay quiet, let the obama administration settle into place, pursue the policies they wanted to pursue because they had won an election and i think president obama really pree appreciated that and owes that to the president-elect and as a democrat, i think donald trump is a dangerous president-elect, i think it's the right thing. he's trying to support the president in ways he can and help the president-elect to be successful. >> president obama said he could
have beaten -- >> president-elect trump. >> president obama said he could beat president-elect trump if he had been allowed to run for a third term. i would imagine you would disagree with that assessment, but here's the thing. fires back on twitter saying, no way. frequently, as he does on twitter. he should stay out, he should say that, but i say, no way. why not just let that go? >> i think donald trump never let anything go, so i think it's actually a good philosophy debate. i think president obama would have been been him and no scandals like hillary clinton, much better on the stump than hillary clinton was. he had that "i feel your pain" and put forward a message whereas hillary clinton's message seemed to be, it's my turn, but let's not rehash that but donald trump versus barack obama would have been the ultimate fight in terms of these two sides on the left and the
right, this populist on both where we could have had a lot of fun talking about it and seeing craziness. >> interesting to hear you say though that you think president obama would have beaten him as well. steve, the president-elect been very critical of the united nations and said things will be different after january 20th. how so? >> that's a good question. i wonder if he explained to nikki haley her job is to be the ambassador and have a good time. she's the governor of south carolina and gave that up presumably for a reason. i think the united nations has had its problems over the years but also its successes. it was the united nations for instance, the security council, that authorized the united states to remove iraq from kuwait in 1991 and the united nations security council that sa sanctioned palestine. the u.n. security council has done things they very much like
and maybe not everything they like, but donald trump will be well advised to get his briefings, understand the environment into which he's stepping and know that the eun e united nations is an organization that russia would like to have go away as well so if he doesn't want to play into the russians' hands, he needs to be real careful with his tweets. >> i actually disagree with steve. i used to work at the united nations. the only thing good about it is its cafeteria. the lasting legacy might be he's gotten republicans to seriously consider defunding it. we give 22% the united nations funding annually. >> you acknowledge there's value in having an intergovernmental organization where member nations -- >> absolutely, if it tackles the real problems. instead of tackling problems of syria, aleppo, other human rights crises, they've been trying to kick israel for years and that's not productive. we've had a long standing policy
to not abstain from these. president obama in 2011 said. >> i would say it's the make-up of the security council and permanent member status, but i mean, i guess that's a philosophic conversation for another day. it doesn't make sense to not have germany as a permanent veto member but to have france, anyway, let's talk about the trump foundation if we can. the president-elect also tweeting it would be nice, by the way, i will just say this, it would be nice if we didn't have to always use tweets to talk about what the president-elect is saying, you would admit that, it would be great if we could get a news conference, have some questions asked, instead of having to refer to 140 characters every time we talk about the president-elect of the united states but here's another tweet. i gave millions of dollars to the djt foundation, raised or received millions more, all of which is given to charity and media won't report. critics insist this isn't the
end of the story. citizens for responsibility and ethics said there needs to be an investigation into what it calls past instances of wrongdoing by trump's charity. are they right, steve? >> well, look. there is an investigation. i'll actually do something i haven't done for a long time and that donald trump is doing the right thing with respect to his foundation, finally recognized, shutting it down, finally recognized it's ripe with conflict and all that he criticized hillary clinton for is true of his foundation as well, all the worst things, i should say, i don't think the clinton foundation did anything wrong. i'm not suggesting that donald trump did wrong but the appearance of pay to play is a problem when you're president of the united states. he gets that, he's closing it down. it's a good thing. >> i want to ask about something else here. this is part of what hillary said in the letter. while we didn't achieve the outcome we sought, i'm proud of the vision and values we fought
for and the nearly 66 million people who voted for them. i believe it is our responsibility to keep doing our part to build a better, stronger and fairer future for our country and the world. what role would you like to see hillary clinton play from here on out? >> well, i mean, i think if she could help play the role of somebody who tries to take down the temperature a little bit, that would be great. she's been very gracious since the election. she congratulated donald trump and didn't contest the election results or ask for recounts. she said that we should, as americans, all hope that the president-elect can be successful, so i think she's doing what you would hope that a defeated opponent would do and i wish that donald trump would sort of take a message from that, stop his victory rallies that are incendiary and continue to raise these things like he's campaigning for president and begin to act more like a president and a little bit more restrained and responsible, take his security briefings and do some of the things that presidents have to do every single day. >> evan, have you been pleased with the president-elect's performance so far? >> well, there's some things i'm
actually very positive about. i did not vote for the president-elect, but there are things where i've looked and said, that's pretty good. james mattis, betty de vos, he's actually going to do infrastructure which is something that's for many republicans. >> there's questions about funding for infrastructure. >> yes. we've seen senate democrats say they want a trillion dollar infrastructure bill and trump is a bit lower and whether or not it's funded through public or private funds. i would prefer through private and that would work better and fit in more with the conservative vision and not add to the deficit. >> thank you both for your conversation this morning. let's get to the mall madness that swept the united states. in fort worth, texas, broke out at malls all over america yesterday. a number of dangerous disturbances were reported in several states, even forcing some malls to shut down entirely.
morgan radford is live in garden city, new york, where violence broke out yesterday, what's behind all of this, morgan, or do we know? >> reporter: that's what we're trying to find out, crg. in fact, investigators are still looking into whether or not these incidents are, in fact, connected. so far, there's no evidence that suggests that they are, but what we do know is that dozens of shoppers were injured. they were innocent bystanders. this happens as fights and even false reports of gun violence broke out in malls across the country even behind me here in new york. post-christmas mayhestking malls across the country. in this new jersey mall, pandemonium when a person with a gun in response to a chair being slammed after a fight. >> just run and run. we took a shot through in some kind of store. >> 5,000 shoppers trying to escape what they believed was a life-threatening ordeal. abandoning meals in the food
court. in ohio, police responded to shots fired at beachwood place mall. >> we had a sort of stampede through saks. >> reporter: a juvenile taken into custody for assaulting a police officer. on monday, disturbances in more than 15 malls across the country were reported in at least a dozen states. in tennessee, incidences were reported in three separate malls. in manchester, connecticut, several fights broke out all at once and investigators estimating 700 teens were involved. >> they started yelling and pushing each other. >> reporter: this video shows an officer trying to control the crowd and 500 others responded to the scene and one officer assaulted with no life-threatening injuries. eight people were arrested forcing them all to close its doors two hours before scheduled. >> it looked like people were throwing punches, fighting.
it was a huge mob of people. it was insane. >> reporter: craig, there were some suggestions that the incident in ohio was inspired by a social media posting, but again, police have not said whether or not these incidents are connected. no suggested evidence says they are but they found no weapons and there were no actual gun violence rts, even though people yelled gun in some of those malls, craig. >> morgan radford for us there in new jersey. morgan, thank you. donald trump dealing the united nations a major diss following the security council's review of west bank settles. what will the relationship with the u.n. look like in a month from now? we'll dig into that ahead. and an update on the winter weather, so severe, it swallowed cars and surrounded homes trapping families inside.
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thousands of new housing units despite a u.n. security council resolution banning construction there and in the west bank, a u.s. abstention allowed that to go through friday. the u.s. vetoed similar resolutions in the past. i'm joined by brian hook. he was the assistant secretary of state in the george w. bush administration and senior advisor to the mitt romney campaign. thanks for your time this morning. let's just start with the question that i think a lot of folks have been asking over the
past few days. why the change in policy now? >> i don't think this has been a change in policy. i think that president obama has largely undermined and abandoned israel for his entire presidency, and this is really the latest parting shot, what he did at the u.n. security council. the u.n. is the single worst forum to resolve issues between the israelis and the palestinians and not only should the president have vetoed but never allowed it to come to the security council to begin with. >> the prime minister, netanyahu, blamed president obama for the passage saying according to to our information, we have no doubt the obama administration initiated the resolution, stood behind it, coordinated the wording and demanded it be passed. the white house is denying that allegation, we should note. what would b the view here?
>> i think they view the key to the middle east peace through israel and this has been a fallacy that president obama has entertained for his presidency. the issues between the israelis and the palestinians need to be resolved by those parties. it can't be imposed by the united nations and can't be imposed by president obama. you can't redraw the map in that region from the u.n. security council. and what the president should be doing is standing by our allies in the region, especially israel, and encouraging both sides to resolve the disputed territories. >> how do you think the relationship between israel and the united states is going to be different under president trump? >> well, we know it will be a lot different and we saw a couple of tweets from president-elect trump saying as much. i suspect that he will use this vote when he comes into office to leverage some reforms at the
united nations. at the u.n., 75% is spent on personnel and united states pays 22% of the total budget. so there are a lot of, i think, reforms and institutional reforms at the u.n. that could be done. i think that he will probably look at u.n. voting patterns and if people want to go against us at the united nations, there will be consequences. >> thank you so much, brian hook. former assistant secretary for george w. bush. thank you, brian. >> thank you. a difficult back to work commute for parts of this country buried under a holiday blizzard. your latest travel forecast up next. a little bit later, an incredible story of survival. we will hear from a mom who walked 26 miles in the cold and the snow to save her family.
people in the northern plains still digging out this morning after a major winter wa wallop. it's a rough day for those who have to get back to work. thousands of homes, businesses also without power and officials say it could be days before power is restored. nbc's ron mott live now from chicago. it looks like it's a little chillier today than it was there yesterday. >> reporter: it's a lot chillier, my man, craig. we talked to you yesterday and 51 degrees. almost could wear shorts yesterday. today, it's 25 degrees and maybe we'll get to 30, 31 today but we
won't crack the freezing mark, probably not. and the windchill is in the upper teens. it's a whole different story in chicago. but the nice thing, it's dry, craig, which makes a difference for the folks trying to get back to work but you mentioned the a dakotas got pummelled. they had to close almost 250 miles of interstate highways. not just the snow but the wind gust, 50 to 60 miles per hour. whiteout blizzard conditions, dangerous on the roads there. so they're cleaning up from that and in the meantime, in minnesota, all those folks up there who love to fish because they got basically a lake everywhere you turn, about ten of these folks out in the ice house and the lake wasn't quite ready for them. i'm not saying anything about their weight, but wasn't quite ready, so the ice house was going down. but they have to wait longer before they get out there to catch some sturgeon. and you saw in wisconsin, so
dangerous things with the particular storm system and most of the nasty stuff is back your way and here in the midwest, it's really a nice day by chicago's standards. for travel though, not a whole lot of problems with air travel. we've seen some delays. a lot in atlanta, houston, chicago, the usual places, the big hub cities but for the most part, things should be back to normal in the skies and certainly on the highways for most people. we are expecting to see trouble spots here and there from texas in maine and the pacific northwest and the folks in the da kkotas dakotas. >> ron mott with the warning for ice fishermen. meteorologist bonnie schneider tracking several storms across the country. where are we going to have the biggest problems today, bonnie? >> we face dense fog and that's impacting airports throughout the southeast but we see improvements especially through
the middle and latter part of the morning, you could see some of the advisories are dissipating and the ones in the southeast and to georgia and south carolina, they may linger longer. but as we look towards the northeast, we've been watching rain and snow move through. some lake-effect snow, not much of a problem in terms of accumulation. light if that, an inch, maybe e less and not a trouble spot for the northeast but the northwest, that's where it gets dicey. plenty of rain, a steady rain along the oregon coast and that will continue as well for seattle and a lot of snow. mountain of snow building in the cascades and this could get us high as 2 feet, so very, very heavy snow expected with some pockets of rain coming through. and let's take at a look with the snowfall and measuring it by the foot. so a lot of snow there and that extends all the way into idaho and montana. we'll be watching for that. rain and snow and even some lake-effect snow, you think it's cold out there but it isn't. record high temperatures in so
many locations, got into the mid 80s in tampa yesterday and may seem normal for florida but it isn't. temperatures are soaring across the country and record breaking highs from cincinnati to louisville and i expect more of that today. just look at the numbers for new york, for example, climbing into the upper 50s. 67 in washington, dc. this is unusual. it's not going to last. we do have some colder air coming in from the west, so it will take a while to get here but definitely going to cool down gradually but eventually. 55 degrees is your high in oklahoma city and 65 into dallas, texas. we look towards tomorrow's forecast, we watching for not much of a change, just a little bit cooler. dropping down into the 40s in new york, for example and back down into the upper 40s for washington. the cold air remains in boise with a high of 28rees tomorrow. staying mild through the south and the southern plains in the 70s. so this is a nice little one and we wrap up the end of the year into january and everyone will get much colder.
>> bonnie schneider, thank you. out west, rescue teams in arizona are calling it nothing short of a christmas miracle. a family manages to escape disaster after their car gets stuck in the snow near the grand canyon, but what they do next is something that wilderness experts say you should never do. steve patterson join us now with amazing details here, steve. what happened? >> reporter: what they do next is leave their vehicle, an incredible tale of survival. this woman, this super mom, she treks 36 miles, 30 hours in the snow. the freezing snow, the terrible backcountry of the northern rim of the grand canyon to save her family. rescuers don't just say it's fortunate she's rescued, they, again, call it miraculous. >> it's starting to sink in, it feels surreal. >> reporter: karen kline, warm,
safe, and lucky to be alive this morning after incredibly surviving a harrowing ordeal. the 47-year-old pennsylvania woman, her husband, eric, and 10-year-old son, isaac, were in las vegas for a holiday getaway. >> it's a family vacation. week long over the holiday. >> reporter: they decided to visit a world wonder. >> we would go to brice canyon and duoto tgo to the north rim. >> reporter: it was in the harsh north rim everything went south. their cell phone gps recommending a shortcut. >> it diverted us on a forest road. >> reporter: the family realized it was a wrong turn to a narrow closed road. eventually, getting stuck in the mud. >> and for an hour, we tried to get the car out. we had no cell service. we couldn't call anybody to help us out. and it was decided that, look, there is a main road up ahead and i have professional and
recreational experience lifelong in the outdoors, so i said, well, i'll just walk up to the main road. i can do this. i'm a runner. >> reporter: kline found nothing but the dead of night wandering way off course. >> it got to be 1:30 in the morning and at this point, i had walked about 26 miles. i kept myself awake. just talked to myself and rocked back and forth to stay warm. they said in that 36 hours i walked about 30 miles. >> reporter: she survived off twigs, snow, and the will to see her family again. >> i can't leave my son without a mom. i can't leave my husband without a wife. i'm not letting my parents bury me. >> reporter: her husband decided to head the other direction, 15 miles until he got lucky. >> and then got one bar of cell service and called the park ranger, called 9-1-1 and sent the rescue team. that was about 3:00 in the afternoon to find me and then they found me 2:30 in the morning. >> reporter: kline found and air lifted to safety, frostbitten but smiling.
>> i think karen is a very brave woman who did the most she could to help her family. >> reporter: a dangerous journey turned christmas miracle. >> i was determined that, you know, this is not, this is not how my life is going to end. >> reporter: and just hours after they rescued karen, a massive winter storm hits the region that rescuers say would have made it impossible to find her. you saw her frostbitten toes and fingers. doctors are working in the hospital. they're confident she's going to make a full recovery. >> that story is nothing short of amazing. mom strength. it's amazing what mothers can muster up when their children are at risk. good to see you, steve. rescue workers one step closer to find out what caused a russian plane to crash into the black sea over the weekend. what we know about the plane and the victims on board. also, japanese prime minister
central station this past friday. you really can't make out much from that photo, but they did just release it a short time ago. one of the photos that police are trying to use to reconstruct the movements after he evaded police for days following that attack that left 12 people dead, 50 others hurt. it comes after he was killed this past friday in a shootout with italian police. here's some other stories that we're following today. donald trump refuting president obama's claim that he could have beaten him, had the president been able to run for a third term. the president-elect responding on twitter, tweeting in part, president obama said he thinks that he would have won against me. he should say that, but i say, no way. jobs leaving, isis, obamacare, et cetera. president-elect also didn't hold back when it came to the united nations calling it, quote, a club for people to get together, talk, and have a good time.
those comments following a u.n.'s resolution on friday condemning israeli settlements. chicago ending this yea red by increasing gun violence. police tallied 11 deaths and 49 other gunshot victims over christmas weekend alone. that's double the toll from this time over last year. the city itself has logged more than 4300 shooting victims this year, nearly 800 people have been killed. that's more murders than new york and los angeles combined. overnight, crews found the flight recorder prosecute russian military plane that crashed into the black sea over the weekend. all 92 people on board believed to have died including dudseozef members of russia's famous military choir. more on the victims and why russian authorities still do not suspect terrorism.
>> reporter: on the black sea, a national priority to recover the plane wreckage and the bodies of the country's beloved red army choir. a symbol of national identity and pride known around the world. early sunday, 64 members of the choir, akaiccompanied by the tv crews and humanitarian work were on their way to syria to perform for russian troops and a workhorse of the soviet union mostly only flown by the military. built in 1983. the pilot experienced with 1900 hours in t hours. it took off from moscow and then stop for fueling in sochi before taking off again for syria but only a mile off the coast, the plane suddenly went down in the black sea. no warnings, no distress calls. because it was a military plane leaving from a secured base, moscow is downplaying the
possibility of terrorism. >> translator: so we think the reason for the crash could be a technical fault or a pilot error. >> reporter: terrorists have hit russia before bringing down this passenger plane over egypt in 2015. the clues to this crash may be in the plane's black boxes. did the plane suddenly break apart, bad fuel or a sudden explosion? >> one of the early things they're going to look for is what's the size of the debris field and that would tell them if the airplane came apart in flight or not. >> reporter: with russia in mourning, vladimir putin promising to get answers. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> president obama will be meeting today with japan's prime minister in hawaii. the meeting will be among the last with a foreign leader for this president, meeting with shinzo abe. i want to bring in bob franken, syndicated columnist and washington observer and all around good guy. bob, always good to see you, my friend. >> you didn't say long time good
guy. >> no, pretty crafty earlier. and president obama, for the first time, the united states declining to veto that resolution condemning israel settlement policies on the west bank in east jerusalem allowing that measure to pass. what do you make of the administration's, what some are saying, a shift? >> well, apparently it's considered a shift but it could also be considered obama's last statement about his relationship with mr. netanyahu and of course, he realizes that it has a short life because he made it clear that he'll completely change the policy towards israel once he gets elected, once he gets inaugurated. >> president-elect also weighing in on the overall united nations controversy saturday saying
this. on twitter, of course. the big loss yesterday for israel in the united nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace, too bad, but we will get it done anyway. do you think the incoming president is going to be able to undo this as well as undoing other obama initiatives, most notably here, the affordable care act, aka, obamacare? >> he certainly has promised that he's going to do so and going to be judged on that. right now, of course, we have this somewhat more awkward transition that's playing out and president obama, while he's still in office, is getting in his last licks and donald trump promises to undo as many of them as he can after he gets inaugurated on january 20th. >> i want to play something the president said in this podcast with his former advisor, david axelrod. former newspaper advisor. take a listen. >> i'm confident that if i had
run again and articulated it, i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> in the roosevelt years, the constitution allowed for more than two years, do you think he would have been reelected? >> i think that we should point out that is probably a bit of presidential trash talk and i suspect that would have been a whole different kind of race. first of all, when you speak of race, i think that barack obama would certainly mobilize the black voters in this country, but beyond that, you have, as i said, this kind of trash talk going on and implicit in his comment is the fact that it's a criticism of hillary clinton for not running as good a race as she could have. >> it will be very interesting to see what role president obama plays post-presidency. bob franken, hpy new year to you. >> and to you.
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memorial site. the visit coming after obama went to hiroshima this spring becoming the first sitting united states president in history to do that. nbc's tammy leitner following the president on his final holiday vacation in hawaii while in office. tammy, good to see you. thank you so much for being with me this morning. what are the plans for president obama and the prime minister? >> reporter: craig, i can tell you, we are hours away from this historic event when the prime minister will visit pearl harbor along with president obama. they'll pay their respects to those soldiers that fought and died. a historic moment, never before has a japanese leader made an official visit to pearl harbor. and it's finally happening. 75 years after the attack. >> man your battle stations. this is not a drill.
>> reporter: al survived on heterosexu pearl harbor and be there today to witness history as shinzo abe visits the battlefield of the attack that thrusts the u.s. into world war ii. >> very emotional. the joint trip coming after obama became the first president to visit hiroshima, the city where the u.s. dropped the two atomic bombs forcing japan to surrender. ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy, helped strengthen u.s./japan relations. >> certainly in japan and the united states, it's a historic moment but the whole world, i think, should be inspired by the power of reconciliation. >> reporter: thousands now pass through these gates at pearl harbor every day. >> my father joined the navy right after pearl harbor and he actually like so many young men have been, that was an event that really rocked them to their core. >> reporter: a war that changed
many and tore the world apart. and now a chance for two countries to show solidarity. >> it shows how far we came not just as a nation but a global family. >> reporter: a moment 75 years in the making, that some thought would never come. and this visit really shows how these two leaders who were once adversaries had now become allies. craig? >> tammy leitner for us this morning. very early there for us in honolulu time. thank you so much. new information now emerging about george michael's death and the pop icon's final days from a person who knew him best. businey when growth presents itself? american express open cards can help you take on a new job, or fill a big order or expand your office
george michael's partner speaking out for the first time on the grammy win's death as the memorial outside michael's home in london continues to grow. the singer being remembered for both his troubles and for his quiet generosity. nbc's kelly cobiella has the latest from london. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. his manager said george michael wasn't ill and he died from heart attack at hi home. but another picture is emerging now. one of many struggles. friends saying george michael was struggling with drug addiction. new details on george michael's
final days, behind the music, the talent, a troubled soul. the most recent picture taken in september, hardly recognizable. neighbor sarah simpson said she saw him a few weeks ago at a restaurant. >> he was at the next table and he was very quiet but he didn't look well, but he was with his friends, and we gist thougjust was respectful to leave him be. >> reporter: his long time boyfriend tweeted out how he discovered christmas morning. finding your partner dead peace p peacefully in the morning. he was struggling with addiction. george michael was a star at just 18 and he said he found fame hard to manage. his run-ins with the law well known. arrested in 1998 for exposing
himself to an undercover policeman in l.a., caught with drugs in london in 2006, a driving ban in 2007, arrested again for drugs in 2008 and in 2010 after crashing into a london store, four weeks in prison. michael smoked cannabis in front of cameras but always denied he had an addiction and always boun bounced back even after a pneumonia scare in 2011. >> the hospital in austria they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world i could have been. >> reporter: in recent months, michael stayed out of the spotlight. >> he became very, very reclusive, so he wasn't seen around that much. he didn't do very much. but an amazing career. i mean, i think that, you know, whatever personal demons he had, he had to deal with, but let's hope his career is his lasting
legacy. >> reporter: the man who made generations dance, also gave something else, secretly handing out money and time to people in need, revealed now in tweets. i wrote in a piece aging ago about a celeb who tped 5,000 pounds because she was a student nurse in debt was george michael and george michael was working anonymously at a homeless shelter. i've never told anyone. that's who he was. this morning, the daily telegraph, the newspaper here in the uk is reporting that george michael's boyfriend told them, quote, everything had been very complicated recently but george was looking forward to christmas. i want people to remember him the way he was, he was a beautiful person. and finally, craig, police today say they'll have no further comment about a cause of death until after the post-mortem. >> kelly cobiella from london, thank you. that is going to wrap up this
hour of msnbc. busy hour here. president-elect donald trump takes aim at the u.n. over the controversial vote condemning the vote and trump pushes back after president obama said he would have beaten trump if he could have run for a third term. president obama and japan's prime minister will pay their respects together, the first ever for a sitting prime minister of japan with a u.s. president and mayhem at the malls. disturbances break out in more than 15 malls across the country. the brawls forcing some police to use pepper spray and even riot gear. good morning, everyone. i'm ayman mohyeldin in for tamron hall. coming to you live from our msnbc headquarters here in new york. we begin with that war of words between the president and president-elect. let's get right to it with msnbc's kasie hunt joining me here in new york. let's play this for you, kasie